Dates : Saturday 02 July – Saturday 09 July
Cost : £1400 based on a twin room occupancy.
Level of Rider : 4/5
Single room supplement: £40 per person per night
Starting and finishing at our chalet base in Courchevel Le Praz this tour takes you through Italy and Switzerland over some magnificent scenery.
Riding out from the chalet we take the cycle path to Bourg St Maurice and onto the Col de Petit St Bernard. It’s a steady 5% over 28km to the summit at 2200m. Short decent to La Thuile and our hotel.
The ride starts with Colle San Carlo from La Thuile which is a short but tough test with 4.2km at 9%. We then drop down into the valley and a lovely easy ride to Aosta. Our major climb today is the 18km at 4% to the charming alpine village Cogne in the heart of the Grand Paradsimo National Park.
Today is all about the mighty Col de Grand St Bernard which links Italy and Switzerland. It’s a long climb 33km with an average gradient of 5%. It tops out at nearly 2500m. Our hotel is in Martigny (Switzerland) which just over 40km from the summit.
We head back to France this morning via Col de la Forclaz (13km at 7.6%) This long climb is steady and rarely changes. There is a short climb over the Col de Montets before we drop back down to the Chamonix valley. This is a good for a break and a chance to take in the incredible scenery. We then descent to the valley floor before climbing back to our hotel in Megeve.
Megeve is one of the prettiest ski resorts in France and the roads and climbs in this region and generally less steep and shorter. After a pedalling descent we ride the Col d’Aravis before passing through La Clusaz on our way to Faverges via Col de Marais. Here we pick up a cycle path to Albertville followed by the valley road to Moutiers. Couple of options here! You can ride to the chalet in Le Praz (15km at 6%) or finish here.
We have a few options. You can tackle the fearsome Col de Loze from Meribel where even Roglic and Podgcar struggles in the 2020 Tour finish or simply ride locally and have a nice lunch in the small alpine hamlet of Prioux above Pralongan.
Fully supported riding.
1 rider and 1 driver/mechanic for each 8 riders.
Minibuses available all day with snacks and drinks
Luggage delivered to your hotel for your arrival.
Medical and mechanical support.
Accommodation in comfortable 3 star French/Italian hotels.
Substantial breakfast and three course supper
Most importantly, amazing cycling terrain and scenery.
Lunches and day time drinks.
Drinks and Wine in the hotels.